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St. Patrick’s Day is an amazing tradition and it is a very welcoming holiday. In other words, you don’t need to know the lyrics to any of the traditional Irish songs that are going to play in order to get in on the fun. Of course, for many, this is the one day a year that we choose to consume corned beef and cabbage.

This tradition actually runs much deeper than most realize. It dates all the way back to the Middle Ages. Back in these times, beef was considered to be a luxury item for the average family.

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Once Irish immigrants finally made their way to America, they would soon learn that beef was far more affordable than they were accustomed to. This caused many of the immigrants to start eating corned beef on a regular basis because it reminded them of back home.

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Corned beef, as we now know all too well, also pairs very well with cabbage. From there, the traditions that we still follow today were born.

In our house, corned beef and cabbage are always served on the 17th of March. In fact, we often end up eating it for a few days afterward because there is so much leftover! It’s always good to know the origin of the traditions that you celebrate, though.

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St. Patrick’s Day is a lot of fun but it is about more than just the green beer, it’s a holiday with an amazing cultural lineage.